A few days a week, I take my laptop and set up shop at the coffee shop down the road. Grounded Coffee has the best soup. Soup is my favorite thing to eat, and their soup never disappoints. They have the normal kinds like chicken noodle, tortilla, and corn chowder. But every now and again they have Chicken Peanut Soup. I almost didn’t order it the first time I saw it on the menu, it sounded weird. But I am so glad that I did. It reminds of Chicken Satay in soup form.
My version of this soup is based off of my favorite chicken satay recipe, so I am calling it Chicken Satay Soup. I am thrilled with how this recipe turned out. It exceeded my expectations, and Wes declared it the “best soup ever made”. This soup is hearty, sweet, spicy, and tart all at the same time. I’ve made it twice in a week.
Do not let the size of the ingredient list turn you off. It is mostly spices and a few cans that you need to open. No sweat. I had my food processor out for another recipe while I was making this so I let it do the dirty work with the onions, garlic, and ginger.
This is the type of recipe that you need to taste as you go to check for seasoning. I did not add any salt or pepper because there is a lot of soy sauce in there. But at the end, I took a taste and needed to add a little more acid and a splash more soy sauce. You are looking for a balance between tart, salty, spicy, and sweet.
1 Tablespoon oil
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 Tablespoon ginger, minced
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 (16 oz.) can diced tomatoes
3 carrots, peeled and cubed
1 sweet potato, peeled and cubed
1 quart chicken stock
1 cup peanut butter
1 can coconut milk
2 Tablespoons sesame oil
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup soy sauce
4 Tablespoons sherry
2 cups shredded chicken breast
3 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
Heat a large Dutch oven over medium high heat, add oil. Add onions, garlic, and ginger. Cook until translucent.
How beautiful are these spices? They smell even better.
Add the spices and cook for another minute.
Add the canned tomatoes, carrots, and sweet potato.
Pour in chicken stock and bring to a bubble.
Reduce heat and simmer for 45 minutes, or until sweet potatoes are soft.
Add peanut butter, coconut milk, sesame oil, brown sugar, soy sauce and sherry. Puree until smooth. I use an immersion blender, but you could use a regular blender or food processor.
Add the shredded chicken.
Add lime juice and cilantro. Taste for seasoning.